Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Resurrection - Celebration of life
V16b: and you shall know that I, the Lord am your savior and your redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob.
The major focus of discussion in this chapter is the transformation of the people of God who were in exile in Babylon. God's wrath was upon them for their rebellion and sin.
It has reference to the present day church in this evil age. A group of people who sinned against God and were previously under the wrath of God, are now in the process of being restored. The true people of God in every age are shielded from God's wrath work of Lord Jesus.
Prophet Isaiah is boldly telling the people of Israel, that a reversal of God's wrath is possible, if they will turn from their rebellion to repentance. If so, God will save them, He will be their everlasting light, He will share His glory with them and will bring them back to their land and will give back their wealth. Those who oppressed, Israel will be brought low, and she will be exalted over them, and will experience and exemplify the righteousness of God. God wants to tell the world that Jerusalem is His chosen city, and David is his chosen King. God will ultimately make each one who are righteous in Him his child.
When we study the Bible, God chose such a place as His own, independent of who happens to live there at any given moment of time. Israel is called by historians a the “Navel of the world because of situation in the world map. In V:17,18 God is promising to the dispersed, Israelites that they will be gathered together and will be given a superiority of substance and security. Nothing is impossible to God - even reinstating or transforming the down trodden people to something with the abundant blessings. This is exactly the message of Easter, where resurrection of our Lord brought back salvation, peace and hope to the world who were rebellious and sinful. A repentant sinner will enjoy transformation and reinstatement to a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Dear Lord, forgive all our transgressions to your law, that separated from your love. Please transform us to be one with God , so that we will be free from eternal damnation.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Repent, renew and rejoice in Him and enjoy peace, hope ,joy and eternal life.
Dr. John K.Thomas Tabor MTC
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church